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  • Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Hi Nick,

    I appreciate your response. I tried modifying the markup in the footer output field using HTML. No success.

    As I suspected, the PI shortcode is pulling from a predefined value. You were correct in identifying the output from a constant. That constant resides in the theme’s functions.php file; ‘utility_pro_setup()” defines the CHILD_THEME_NAME as ‘utility-pro’, not ‘UTILITY PRO’.

    I have a couple of resources at my disposal to inquire on how to change the output of that constant. The first is to submit a support request to the theme developer (Carrie Dils), and the second is to inquire at the ‘WP Developer’s Club’ on one of their Slack channels.

    I suspect the solution is to simply add a new definition to the function listed above that outputs a different string. When I find a solution, I’ll post it here.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Thirty six,

    Glad you found WP-Clone PI useful. I have completely abandoned it in favor of the DesktopServer stack from ServerPress. They run Apache/MySQL/PHP on an XAMPP interface. The limited edition stack is free and allows one to run 3 locally hosted sites on your computer. [That plan offers community level support.] The premium version ($) allows unlimited locally hosted sites and comes with premium support. Their quick deploy tools archive and zip an entire locally hosted site and quickly deploy them to a production server. I use Duplicator now only as a backup. The value of both the Duplicator PI & DTS’ quick deploy method is that one does not have to change serialized data strings in the productions host’s DB (what the Search-and-Replace-Database tool mentioned above does). Those software packages take care of that for you.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Dear zzzmuzz,

    The (IC) db search & replace tool should be uploaded to your remote host’s server under your domain. IC says to change the name of the S&R tool to a name of your choice (what they call a secret name). Once uploaded, open your browser, and type in ‘’. The IC tool will appear in your browser window.

    The software will prompt you to enter in the localhost domain name, and then the remote host domain name (the domain name you want to change to). Don’t mess around with going through phpMyAdmin and changing the serialized name strings in your db unless unless you have all the time in the world to spend on that activity. The IC search and replace tool does it for you.

    The IC tool offers both a dry and live run. The dry run allows you to find out how many instances of your localhost domain name will be changed. But it doesn’t actually make the changes. The live run does. Takes about 5 – 30 seconds to complete.

    BE SURE TO REMOVE THE IC TOOL FROM YOUR REMOTE HOST FILES ONCE FINISHED USING. If bad people hack your server and find the S&R tool, they can play havoc with your site and take you down.

    Glad you solved your problem using the Duplicator plugin. A worthy competitor to WP Clone’s PI which allows more granular control over site migration.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    @logobot: I used the latest version of Fast Secure Contact Form. Install through your WP backend, or download and install from the WP plugin repo. Good luck!

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    As far as I’m concerned, it’s resolved because I found another solution with another plugin that met my needs. From a technical standpoint, it remains unresolved. Keep in mind that most plugins are maintained as side projects by their developers. As you can see by this thread, the PI authors never bothered to get involved and troubleshoot the issue. In the world of free plugins (and with 30K of them in the WP repo), basically we’re all on our own in working out problems that arise with individual plugins. Given that situation, I decided to pursue another course to meet my site’s needs.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Hi Tomer,

    Well, the fact that you experienced the same problem as I makes us members of a club that I’m sure neither of us wishes to belong to.

    I eventually installed my site successfully using the WP Clone (WPC) plugin. It took longer than my usual method of moving a site from a local to production server. I am glad that this only involved a move to a test production server. Here are the steps I took to resolve the problem.

    1) The large site backup (BU) zip file created by WP Clone (WPC) tipped me off that something was amiss. Sure enough, there were several older BUs of files & db included with my site files that I eventually deleted.

    2) I also deleted the large (650 MB) BU created by WPC from ‘wp-content/uploads/wp-clone’. At this point, the site was down to a size I expected (~190 MB; files & db).

    3) I made a fresh BU of both site files & db using the ‘Backup WP’ plugin. Then moved those files outside my dev directory (‘htdocs’ in MAMP), thus emptying the ‘wp-content/backups’ directory.

    4) Then made a fresh BU of the dev site using WPC. Zip file size was greatly reduced (650 -> 190 MB).

    5) Pasting the BU url into my target site on the test production server returned the same error message as before. It was necessary to manually upload the WPC BU to the target ‘wp-content/uploads/wp-clone’ directory on the production server.

    6) I discovered that my ISP set a 5-minute limit on file uploads via SFTP. Unable to upload the zip file via encryption, I resorted to unsecure FTP. That worked. Now I need to find out how to get more bandwidth from my ISP.

    7) Using WPC on the production site, I restored the url. Unfortunately, not all the content from the site transferred. There were whole blocks of text cut off from pages and posts.

    8) On a hunch, I imported a BU copy of the db file through phpMyAdmin, overwriting the db tables installed by the WPC restoration. I checked my ‘wp-config.php’ file, and the connections called for between the WP install & the db were proper.

    9) I checked the test site, and I kept being redirected to my localhost site. This suggested that references in the test production db to the localhost url needed to be changed to the test production url. Thankfully,’s ‘Search and Replace DB v3.0.0’ tool helps with changing these references. Unfortunately, the process of changing url’s with their tool took longer than usual, and threw a couple of errors which I’ve never seen before. After globally changing most of the url strings, I had to go in & change 2 db table rows using the S&R tool.

    10) I then checked the site, and everything was up and running. Changed the permalinks and reactivated the plugins, and everything was good to go.

    Would I use this plugin again to move a site? I would be willing to give it a try one more time using a different hosting company. The obvious pinch points were:

    a) Inability to quickly restore a dev site on a production server using the WPC PI.

    b) Insufficient bandwidth to move the WPC zip file up to the production server via SFTP.

    c) Necessity to overwrite the db following the WPC restoration to install all the content.

    d) Extra steps and time involved with changing url strings in the db.

    On balance, I think my 20-step checklist of moving a site would work just as well, and take less time (about an hour).

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    The zip file created by WP Clone on my dev server is nearly 600 MB, about 3 times bigger than a backup of my entire dev site’s file system and database. Is this typical for WP Clone? If I could get the zip file size down considerably, I probably wouldn’t time out when using SFTP to my test production server.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Went searching in the support forum on the error message named above. This is an old issue others have encountered before. The best workaround is described in a response by ‘eli006’ in the WP Clone plugin forum (‘post: Unable to get WP Clone to work since 2.14 release’) .

    I attempted twice to upload (via SFTP) the backup zip file created by WP Clone on my dev host to my host server (target file directory: wp-content/uploads/wp-clone). No luck. The file transfer timed out twice after about 10 minutes. A call to the hosting service (GoDaddy) was not successful in resolving the problem. They said the time out was due to a limit imposed by my ISP.

    Hmm….don’t want to unzip the WP Clone backup and send it piecemeal via SFTP. That defeats the whole purpose of the zip file & WP Clone plugin in the first place.

    Any suggestions?

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    More info: Deleted all plugins preinstalled by GoDaddy. Only plugin running on site with Twenty-Fourteen theme is WP Clone. Still throws error message.

    Should I overwrite the existing database tables (base WP install) with a backup (using WP Clone) of the db from my local dev site?

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for following up. Right after I posted to this forum, I explored some alternative approaches to presenting a CAPTCHA on my contact form using a set of other plugins designed to work with CF7. They didn’t work either. I went back to using a very reliable plugin with a built-in CAPTCHA called Fast Secure Contact Form. That met my needs and solved my problem.



    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    The reCAPTCHA image did appear on CF7 when I move the site from a local dev server to a web host (DreamHost). Unfortunately, when I tried a test email using CF7 and reCAPTCHA, I ran into an infinite loop, and the email never went out. I chose to take down the 3 plugins (CF7, Better WP reCAPTCHA, and reCAPTCHA Extension), and use a different contact form plugin with a built in CAPTCHA capability.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    At 11:10 AM (CDT) on April 23, 2014 rmgross1 posted (but it did not publish):

    I’ve installed Contact Form 7 3.8, Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extension 0.1.0, and WP-Recaptcha 3.2; I’ve added the short code to my Contact Form, and I get the following error instead of the reCAPTCHA on the form:

    Input error: Invalid referer.

    What needs to be done to fix this?

    I repost here for those following this thread.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Hello Takayuki,

    Thanks for the referral to the documentation on your blog. My knowledge of PHP is limited, and I presently do not know how to query PHP in my local development environment to find out if the GD image library is activated (necessary for displaying CAPTCHA images). I understand from the link in your blog post you provided to the PHP Manual that the library is loaded with PHP from Version 4.3 onward (I am using v. 5.5.10 in my current local dev stack).

    I was really hoping to find a CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA plugin that would work seamlessly with Contact Form 7 right out of the box. I will search elsewhere in the plugin repository for a simpler solution. Thank you.

    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Hello Alex,

    From the ‘Support’ section of your plugin on my site, I share the following. This might give you more insight as to the source of the error message, or at the very least, eliminate some items from consideration. [I’m running the site in my local development environment with a MAMP stack, v.3.0.2.]:


    PHP v5.5.10
    MySQL v


    WordPress v3.9
    Comprehensive Google Map Plugin v9.0.20
    Theme: mantra-child, v0.1
    Published posts: 1
    Published pages: 6
    Published nav_menu_items: 9
    Published wpcf7_contact_forms: 1


    jQuery v1.11.0
    jQuery Core v1.11.0
    jQuery UI Core v1.10.4
    jQuery Migrate v1.2.1

    My first message above was written in frustration and somewhat of a panic. The AZ Map plugin renders a map where I want it on my site, and I will continue to use it. The error message still appears when I use your plugin with the Conditional Widgets plugin. I seem to get the results I want (showing and not showing the map plugin on selected pages) even with the error message. [At the same time, the ‘refresh’ circle at bottom of the page spins endlessly when I attempt to set CW p.i., suggesting WP is hung up.} The error message seems to be more of an annoyance than anything else.


    Thread Starter Robert Gadon


    Dear DCMLAdmin: Please start a new thread in the Twenty Thirteen forum for your issue. You have a 50/50 chance that anyone will answer you. I didn’t receive a response (as you can see by the prior threads in this post).

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